Thinker’s Links

On this page, you will find:
…articles I enjoyed
…that cover interesting activities/stories — or maybe just make you say “hmmmm”
…and that all take a more optimistic outlook than much media today.

For A Better World/Life

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Daughter Embraces His Hope for the Future
Bernice King, The Atlantic, MLK Issue 2018

Unlikely friends are teammates for life
Ron Kantowski, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, Apr. 2013

A decade later, still no justification for discrimination
Steve Sebelius, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, Mar. 2013

Benefactor, schoolchildren both benefit from ‘paying it forward’
Brian Nordli, LAS VEGAS SUN, Mar. 2013

Time for national talk about nuclear war (Modern nuclear war deterrence begins with nuke locks)
Tim Weiner, Bloomburg News, Mar. 2013
NOTE: This is a topic that can no longer stay on the back burner. Reading “The Fate of the Earth” by Jonathan Schell many years ago in college has always stuck with me — and we know fanaticism knows no bounds.

Democrats, Dragons or Drones?
Thomas Friedman, New York Times, Mar. 2013

Supreme — but not infallible
Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, Mar. 2013

The Pulse: Cameras belong in the courts
Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mar. 2013

Marches of Folly
Paul Krugman, New York Times, Mar. 2013

Mayor Bloomberg as Dr. Doom fighting super-sized sugary drinks
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald, Mar. 2013

Collaborate vs. Collaborate
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, Jan. 2013

Suffering Fools Gladly
David Brooks, New York Times, Jan. 2013

It’s time to value the rest of life
Paul Harasim, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, Jan. 2013

This bus’ next stop: doing good
Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2012

How to Read in 2013
Ross Douthat, New York Times, Dec. 2012

Don’t let ‘later’ stop you from living fully now
Barbara Shelly, Dec. 2012

Lady Gaga’s Anti-Bullying Effort Taps Yale Expert
Associated Press, Dec. 2012

The Human Condition & Social Media

Could Facebook Be Tried for Human-Rights Abuses?
INGRID BURRINGTON , The Atlantic, December 2017

How to Stop the Bullies
Emily Baselon, The Atlantic, Mar. 2013

Is Mexico the Comeback Kid?
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, Feb. 2013

Swartz Suicide Propels Facebook Search for Danger Signs
Elizabeth Lopatto, Bloomberg News, Jan. 2013

Internet shifts rape stigma to perpetrators
Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe, Jan. 2013

At CES, Clinton says social media help fuel, solve global policy debates
Ron Sylvester, Vegas Inc., Jan. 2013

Murder in Pakistan sparks anger at country’s elite
Adil Jawad and Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press, Jan. 2013


Yeasts of the Southern Wild
Roy Blount Jr., Smithsonian, June 2013

Haitian amputee makes comeback on dance floor
Trenton Daniel, Associated Press, Jan. 2013


Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African-American English
William Brennan, The Atlantic, Apr. 2018

The Company Working to Make Dance More Inclusive
Lea Marshall, The Atlantic, Feb. 2018

‘He’s smashed up the classroom’ – How I got help for my disruptive son
Adam Eley & Andy Smythe of the Victoria Derbyshire programme,, Feb. 2018

Early number sense plays role in later math skills
Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press, Mar. 2013

‘Looper,’ in-theater podcasting and the new normal of audience engagement
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Mar. 2013

Navigating the grammatical thicket
Joan Wickersham, Boston Globe, Feb. 2013

How we can get in concert to enrich our children
J. Patrick Coolican, LAS VEGAS SUN, Jan. 2013

CCSD marks opening of new Variety School campus for special-needs students
Paul Takahashi, LAS VEGAS SUN, Jan. 2013

Technology is key to student achievement, former NYC schools chief says
Paul Takahashi, LAS VEGAS SUN, Jan. 2013


2 stem cell patients stop HIV drugs, no virus seen
Eileen Ng, Associated Press, July 2013

How Not to Die
Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic, May 2013

The Robot Will See You Now
Jonathan Cohn, The Atlantic, Mar. 2013

Army urged to do more with alternative medicine techniques
Keith Rogers, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, Jan. 2013

Health care technology at your fingertips
Reed Tuckson, M.D., Huffington Post, Jan. 2013

Hunger Games: The New Science of Fasting
Emma Young, New Scientist, Jan. 2013

Hacking the President’s DNA
Andrew Hessel, Marc Goodman, and Steven Kotler, The Atlantic, Nov. 2012
NOTE: This is interesting (and scary) stuff.  While there are real possibilities in DNA sequencing for changing the game with respect to terminal and/or debilitating illness, there are much more ominous possibilities as well.  The more we know, the more dangerous we are.

Cultural & Historical Connections

Tips From a Sign Language Interpreter for Overcoming Language Barriers
Anna Mindess, AFAR, Feb. 2018

When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries
George Nicholas, The Conversation (, Feb. 2018

How Lewis and Clark Helped Shape American English
Rosemarie Ostler, Atlas Obscura, Feb. 2018

Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood
Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura, Feb. 2018

A Race Against Time to Excavate an Ancient African Civilization
Amy Maxmen, The Atlantic, Feb. 2018

Want to Build a Strong Fortress? Set It On Fire
Mark Strauss, National Geographic, March 2016

Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?
James Harbeck, BBC News, March 2016

BBC’s Museum of Lost Objects, No. 10: Looted Sumerian Seal
Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf, BBC News, March 2016

BBC’s Museum of Lost Objects, No. 6: Mar Elian Monastery
Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf, BBC News, March 2016

BBC’s Museum of Lost Objects, No. 5: The Lion of al-Lat
Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf, BBC News, March 2016

BBC’s Museum of Lost Objects, No. 2: The Temple of Bel
Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf, BBC News, March 2016

BBC’s Museum of Lost Objects, No. 1: The Winged Bull of Nineveh
Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf, BBC News, February 2016

Vast war letter collection shows sacrifice
Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press (Omaha World-Herald), July 2013

Airborne laser reveals hidden city in Cambodia
Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press, June 2013

Why Fire Makes Us Human
Jerry Adler, Smithsonian, June 2013

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Zahi Hawass
Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, June 2013

Scholars find cannibalism at Jamestown settlement
Brett Zongker, Associated Press, May 2013

Human race is ‘essentially good’
Anthony Bourdain, CNN, Mar. 2013

Pompeii exhibition brings doomed town to life
Jill Lawless, Associated Press, Mar. 2013

Saplings From Anne Frank’s Tree Take Root in US
Pamela Engel, Associated Press , Mar. 2013

Stories of Holocaust survivors retold by holograms
John Rogers, Associated Press, Feb. 2013

Experts find remains of England’s King Richard III
Jill Lawless, Associated Press, Feb. 2013

Richmond museum unwrapping mummy’s story with CT scan
Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press, Feb. 2013

Researchers: Stonehenge started as huge graveyard
Sylvia Hui, Associated Press, Mar. 2013

Colosseum cleaning yields old frescos, graffiti
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, Jan. 2013

Round 2 for Sloppy Joe’s bar, a Havana original
Peter Orsi, The Associated Press, Jan. 2013

National Library unveils trove of medieval manuscripts uncovered in Taliban caves
(Afghan Genizah Manuscripts Revealing Jewish Presence Unveiled At Israeli Library)

Aron Heller, The Associated Press, Jan. 2013


Miniature horse aids Alaska boy with special needs
Dan Joling, Associated Press, Mar. 2013

Blind NH sled dog thrives with brother’s help
Holly Ramer, Associated Press, Jan. 2013

Communications/Marketing/Social Media/Privacy

The New York Times Fired My Doppelgänger
Quinn Norton, The Atlantic, Feb. 2018

Viewers to choose ending of ‘Psych’ 100th episode
David Bauder, Associated Press, Mar. 2013

Living under the high-def digital spyglass
Jennifer Graham, Boston Globe, Feb. 2013

Nielsen to measure TV talk on Twitter
Jessica Goldstein, The Washington Post, Jan. 2013

Library of Congress has archive of tweets, but no plan for its public display
Adrienne LaFrance, Special to The Washington Post, Jan. 2013

List: No love for ‘fiscal cliff,’ ‘spoiler alert’
Jeff Karoub, Associated Press, Dec. 2012

Law & The Constitution

‘Corporations Are People’ Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie
Adam Winkler, The Atlantic, Mar. 2018

How Cities Are Fighting Secret Surveillance
Tanvi Misra, The Atlantic/CityLab, Mar. 2018

ACLU Sues To Halt ‘Unconstitutional’ Down Syndrome Abortion Law In Ohio
Amy Held, NPR, Feb. 2018
NOTE: This offers the basis for my “Ludicrous Legislation” thoughts

(Gun control won’t break) The killing chain
David Brooks, New York Times, Mar. 2013
NOTE: This offers support for my “Band-aids won’t heal gun violence” thoughts:

ND gears up for legal dispute on new abortion laws
James MacPherson, Associated Press, Mar. 2013

Court: Drug dog sniff is unconstitutional
Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press, Mar. 2013


World Bank highlights climate-poverty link
Jim Yong Kim, Associated Press, June 2013

What If We Never Run Out of Oil?
Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, May 2013
NOTE: The unanswered question: What happens if we keep chipping away at (fracturing?) the structure of the Earth and sea?


A Feminist Looks Down From The Penthouse
Gina Barreca, Hartford Courant, Mar. 2013

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